§ 44. Mr. Milne
asked the President of of the Board of Trade what assurances he sought, when giving his sanction for the acquisition by British European Airways of a 50 per cent. holding in the B.K.S. airline company about that company's provision of services, particularly at Woolsington Airport, Newcastle.
§ Mr. Darling
None. British European Airways have kept me informed of developments leading to its increased holding in B.K.S. Air Transport Ltd., but the form and extent of the investment was determined by the Corporation acting on its commercial judgment. The increase can be regarded as a demonstration by B.E.A. of its concern for the maintenance of B.K.S. services at Newcastle and elsewhere.